September 18, 2012

Islanders Golf Finishes 10th at Oregon State Invite

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi golf team shot a third-round 310 to finish in 10th place at the Oregon State University Invitational this week at Trysting Tree Golf Course. The Islanders delivered a 921 (298-313-310) for the three-round event.

The top four players for the Islanders all finished within one stroke of each other, with senior Nikki Dunn (74-81-76), junior Lindsay Biehler (76-78-77) and freshman Vanessa Johnson (74-77-80) each shooting a 231. Junior Krista Fenniak (74-80-78) was just one stroke back with a 232, while senior Taylor Slagle (81-78-79) carded a 238.

"We were incredibly consistent across the board this week," head coach Carol Blackmar said, "and we really showcased our depth. This was a tough field and a tough course, and we battled for a solid finish. We certainly still have some work to do, but if we can make just a few slight improvements, we will be a strong team come conference championship time."

Pac-12 power Washington dominated the field, shooting a three-round 853 to finish 9-under, 25 strokes ahead of second-place Washington State. Gonzaga took third place with an 891 in the event.

Dunn showed strong consistency to start her third round, opening with five pars and a bogey (on the 12th) to start plus-1. She dropped back to even with a birdie three on the 16th, but a bogey on 18 sent her to the first 1-over. A bogey on 1 was followed by pars on three straight holes, then consecutive bogeys on 5 and 6 pushed her to plus-4 on the day. She birdied the par-3 7th to move to plus-3, but a bogey on the 8th left her with a 76 for the final round of the event.

Biehler, who had 13 pars in each of the first two rounds, had another round filled with pars, delivering 12 on the day. She hit an early rough patch with a bogey on 13 and a double on 14, but posted six pars and a bogey over the next seven holes to remain at 4-over. Bogeys on the 4th and 6th upped her score to plus-6 on the day, but she finished par-birdie-par on the 7th, 8th and 9th for a 77.

Fenniak parred the 10th to open her final 18 holes, but a double on 11 set her back to 2-over on the day. She then played even over the next eight holes, countering a bogey on the 17th with a birdie on the 14th. Four bogeys in a span of five holes set her back to plus-6 heading to the 7th before she closed with a trio of pars to card a 78 for the day.

After starting the round with a triple bogey on 10, Slagle settled in. She posted four bogeys and two birdies – going back-to-back on the 14th and 15th – over the next 11 holes to sit at 5-over heading to the third. She posted par on five of her last seven holes, but bogeys on the 5th and 8th left her with a 79 in the final round of the event.

After opening the third round with a bogey on the 10th, Johnson followed with three straight pars before coming back to even with a birdie on the 14th. She delivered a par and two bogeys to sit plus-2 after the 17th, then delivered par on 18 and 1 to remain 2-over. But the second began a string of six bogeys in eight holes, as she finished the final day with an 80.

The Islanders return to action on Oct. 1-2, when they will travel to Tulsa, Okla., for the ORU Shootout, hosted by new conference mate Oral Roberts. The teams will play 36 holes on Monday and 18 on Tuesday in the three-round event. For all the latest on Islanders Golf, be sure to follow the team on Facebook (IslandersGolf) and Twitter (@IslandersGolf).

ISLANDERS INDIVIDUALS
T41. Vanessa Johnson (74-77-80—231)
T41. Nikki Dunn (74-81-76—231)
T41. Lindsay Biehler (76-78-77—231)
T48. Krista Fenniak (74-80-78—232)
T63. Taylor Slagle (81-78-79—238)